New Releases Hour, Tuesday, April 21 at 11 am, and Wednesday, April 22 at 7 pm

Apr 16, 2015

Discover new music on the New Releases Hour, Tuesday mornings at 11 am (repeated Wednesdays at 7 pm) when KRCB-FM pairs the Last Record Store owner and KRCB afternoon music program host Doug Jayne with longtime morning DJ Brian Griffith. A full hour of commercial-free new releases each week, played and evaluated by two pros who know the music best! Here are a few of the things we'll be playing this week.

Dwight Yoakam: Second Hand Heart. Second Hand Heart was self-produced by Yoakam, and reflects where he's been, but even more so, where he's going. The album takes the pioneering honky-tonker back to Warner Bros./Reprise, where he began his major-label recording career 30 years ago. Yoakam's distinctive, supple vocals, accented with his Kentucky croon, sound as strong today as they did on his debut, 1985's Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc. Etc. Its release immediately yielded hit singles, and over the course of some 21 albums—totaling more than 25 million in sales worldwide—Yoakam has continued to passionately sing, write, and play music brimming with hard country and rock 'n' roll.

Eels: Royal Albert Hall. Eels have had one of the most consistently acclaimed careers in music. The ever-changing project of principal singer/songwriter Mark Oliver Everett, aka E, Eels have released ten studio albums since their 1996 debut, Beautiful Freak. In May 2014 Eels embarked on an ambitious 53-show world tour. On the night of June 30, Eels returned to London's legendary Royal Albert Hall for the first time in nine years to play a stunning show that was filmed and recorded. Filmed by twelve cameras in the gorgeously lit Royal Albert Hall, the new film and album find the Eels dapperly dressed in suits and ties, playing songs from Cautionary Tales for the first time along with songs spanning Eels' illustrious 19-year career.

Charles Lloyd: Wild Man Dance. The saxophonist/composer's first album for Blue Note in 30 years. The album is a live recording of a long-form suite commissioned by the Jazztopad Festival in Wroclaw, Poland.

Calexico: Edge of the Sun. Calexico is no stranger to negotiating borders. For the better part of two decades, eight albums, and countless trips around the globe, Joey Burns and John Convertino have crossed musical barriers with their band, embracing a multitude of diverse styles. For Edge of the Sun, the band's keyboardist, Sergio Mendoza, stepped up to co-write and arrange certain songs, ultimately co-producing the album along with Burns, Convertino, and longtime associate Craig Schumacher: It was Mendoza who suggested that Calexico physically cross an actual border for a song writing retreat to the historic Mexico City borough of Coyoacan. In view of the fresh creative perspective provided by the band's journey to New Orleans to make its previous album, Algiers, Edge of the Sun's Mexican origins would seem destined to have a major impact on the album. The writing here shows Burns and Convertino's ongoing pursuit of the profound melody, creating music at once hauntingly accessible and rich in instrumental texture. With guests including Sam Beam of Iron and Wine, Ben Bridwell from Band of Horses, Nick Urata from Devotchka, Carla Morrison, Gaby Moreno, Amparo Sanchez, multi-instrumentalists from the Greek band Takim, as well as Neko Case, Edge of the Sun weaves a dense tapestry from its international roster.